The 7 Best PlayStation 3 Exclusives of 2019

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The Rundown

  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots at Amazon, "Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is widely considered one of the best Metal Gear games."
  • The Last of Us at Amazon, "If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic dramas and like the Uncharted series of games, The Last of Us might just be your pick."
  • Heavy Rain at Amazon, "The game has some action in it, but the narrative is what you’ll be picking up Heavy Rain for."
  • Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception at Amazon, "Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception features a long and nearly universally beloved campaign, as well as strong multiplayer."
  • God of War III at Amazon, "God of War III may be the best game of the early trilogy, a series with some of the most impressive fighting mechanics out there."
  • LittleBigPlanet at Amazon, "LittleBigPlanet is a platformer not unlike Super Mario but gives gamers the opportunity to build the world around them."
  • Killzone 2 at Amazon, "Killzone 2 won’t offer the best storyline of any PlayStation 3 game but impresses with its gun-fighting mechanics."

Our Top Picks

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

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The Metal Gear Solid franchise has been among the most celebrated in the gaming industry. The series follows Snake as he battles enemies in a third-party stealth shooter experience. And along the way, you get the chance to see how the Metal Gear and the military factions that are part of the series, evolve.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is widely considered one of the best Metal Gear games. The title again puts you into the role of Snake and allows you to employ a Chameleon-like camouflage system called the Octacamo that lets you blend into your surroundings. The feature means your stealth ability and staying quiet as enemies approach is critical. And it also creates a feeling of suspense you just can’t find elsewhere.

Many of the game’s most important characters, including Liquid Ocelot, and others, all find their way into the story, which most gamers have called gripping and extremely entertaining. Add that to a fantastic shooting system and graphics that will surely impress, and Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is a clear winner for anyone seeking a PlayStation 3 exclusive.

The Last of Us

If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic dramas and like the Uncharted series of games, The Last of Us might just be one of the best options in this round-up.

The Last of Us is hard to describe at first blush. In some ways, the game is a gripping survival-horror game that requires you to withstand some of the worst and scariest threats you can imagine. In others, however, it’s an action-adventure that allows you to blast your way through a post-apocalyptic world with ease. More than anything, The Last of Us offers a compelling story that centers on Joel and 14-year-old Ellie, who are both just trying to survive.

The game’s graphics are gorgeous and the voice acting is superb. And since it comes with multiplayer support, there’s also an opportunity here for you and your friends to enjoy the game together.

If you’re in a rush to get through a popular game, The Last of Us isn’t for you. But if you want a game that will last you a long time and give you plenty to remember when it’s done, be sure to check it out.

Heavy Rain

There are some games in the video gaming world that eschew storylines and detailed characters in favor of flat-out fun and adventure. But Heavy Rain is nothing of the sort.

Instead, Heavy Rain is all about the story. And what a story it has.

The game allows you to play as multiple characters as you work your way through a psychological crime thriller. Your job is to find the Origami Killer, who has left his calling card of folded paper on his victims. You’ll play as several characters as the rain is pouring outside and you’re in search of the killer.

Along the way, you’ll be asked to make decisions that can have both small and major effects on the overall story. So, even if you play the game several times over, as long as you make a few different decisions along the way, you’ll have an entirely different experience.

The game has some action in it, but the narrative is what you’ll be picking up Heavy Rain for. And if you’re someone who wants to remember a game long after you’ve put it down, Heavy Rain seems like an outstanding option.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception

The Uncharted series offers some of the most compelling and appealing adventure experiences ever offered in a video game. It follows lead character Nathan Drake and blurs the lines between the video game and a film.

Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception is an action-adventure title that asks you to explore the world, from a chateau in France to the Arabian Desert. The game features a long and nearly universally beloved campaign, as well as a multiplayer opportunity to play with friends and experience the title in a new way.

True to Uncharted form, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception has downright outstanding gameplay mechanics and the gun-wielding, puzzle-solving and adventure experiences are impressive. And if you have a 3D television, you can even play the game in 3D to experience it in a unique way.

God of War III

The God of War series is brutal, decidedly for adults, and has some of the most impressive fighting mechanics you’ll ever experience in a video game. And God of War III might just be the best of the early trilogy.

As in previous versions of the game, you’re placed into a Greek mythological world as you play with Kratos to take on impossibly large and powerful gods. Along the way, you’ll button-mash your way through combat and have an opportunity to complete combination attacks on enemies that will surely impress even the most cynical of gaming fans.

God of War III picks up where God of War II left off, so if you haven’t yet played that game, you’ll want to do so. But if you want some hints into what you can expect, look for Kratos to continue his quest for vengeance against Zeus.

The God of War III’s engrossing storyline will last you several hours and its impressive combat system and new weapons should go a long way in making those hours feel like they’re flying by. There are even some new lighting effects in the game that change how you experience the title and make it more colorful than previous versions.

LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet is all about fun and unleashing your creativity to build inside the game. And after it was named game of the year the year it hit store shelves and as more and more people got their hands on the game, something became immediately clear: LittleBigPlanet was a game that made it even more appealing to own a PlayStation 3.

At its core, LittleBigPlanet is a platformer not unlike Super Mario and others. But what it does to differentiate itself is give you, the gamer, the opportunity to build the world around you.

The game puts you in the position of Sackboy, a customer that you can customize to fit whatever look and feel you desire. Along the way, you and Sackboy will explore more than 50 levels that get harder over time and give you the chance to create more sophisticated in-game items along the way.

Meanwhile, the LittleBigPlanet world is available to both individual players and in multiplayer. So, if you wanted to play with up to three other friends, you can do it. And since it’s also an online game, you could technically play with anyone around the world.

LittleBigPlanet is available in a standard edition or the Game of the Year edition. If you choose the latter, you’ll get additional features, such as the ability to collect more than 500 objects, play more than one million user-generated levels and try out 18 bonus levels.

Killzone 2

While many of the PlayStation 3 exclusives Sony offered centered on action and adventure, Killzone 2 had something else in mind: a first-person shooting experience.

Indeed, Killzone 2 won’t offer the best storyline of any PlayStation 3 exclusive. But if you want a game that can impress you with its gun-fighting mechanics, as well as a story that’s good enough to get you interested and keep you playing for hours, Killzone 2 is a winner.

The game features 11 levels that you can play on your own or compete in with friends online. In fact, online play allows for up to 32 people to play together and compete both against each other and against computer players.

In the title, you’ll play the role of Sev, a special forces soldier that’s assaulting the fictitious Helghan. You’ll find yourself immersed in serious gunplay and have the opportunity to use a variety of weapons to take down your enemies and complete your mission.

Killzone 2’s graphics are outstanding and should look great on any HDTV. And since the game supports 7.1-channel surround sound, you’ll want to play it where you can really enjoy the immersive sound experience it offers.